The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) has extended its Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship scheme into Wales, supporting the Welsh Government's 'Turning Heads' strategy of reducing poverty and enabling safe and vibrant communities in the Heads of the Valleys area.
The Trust has teamed up with a group of employers carrying out work on the upgrade of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road. Led by EC Harris and in partnership with the Welsh Government, the scheme offers school leavers between the ages of 16 and 18 training and qualifications in the built environment and construction industry.
Training will be facilitated by the CSTT with work places provided by EC Harris LLP, Carillion, Costain Limited and other contractors working on the upgrade of the road that runs through some of the most deprived areas in Wales, where many young people struggle to find employment.
The Minister with responsibility for Transport, Carl Sargeant, said: " The 'Turning Heads' strategy is providing young people in the region with the opportunity to gain the skills they need for a fulfilling career while being in full-time employment."
"Apprentices bring a great deal of enthusiasm to their employers and can bring long term benefits to the company. I hope we will see more and more employers of all types investing in the young people of Wales by offering apprenticeship places."
Bill Hughes of EC Harris, comments: "The partnership is passionate about providing a sustainable legacy – long-term employment while gaining qualifications that can lead into a degree programme and becoming a chartered surveyor. The Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship will be the first of these employment streams and will be used as a pilot for other potential apprenticeships."
Christina Hirst, Chief Executive of CSTT, says: "Quantity Surveying is a diverse, exciting and potentially well paid career and would suit any school leaver with a passion for construction and the built environment.
"All elements of the apprenticeship scheme are fully funded and the apprentices will also receive a salary."
As part of the apprenticeship the students would work to gain an NVQ Diploma and a BTEC subsidiary Diploma as well as the invaluable experience of working with the esteemed employers named above.
Applications for the apprenticeship must be made by the 31st July, the application form can be found on CSTT's website www.CSTT.org.uk or by telephoning: 01239 891458